Losing More Than Your Home . Homelessness examined through a grief and loss perspective. Dalia Pisk and Jacqueline Millar. Understanding Homelessness. Homelessness has been referred to as "one of the most sombre and distressing social problems of current society"
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Homelessness examined through a grief and loss perspective
Dalia Pisk and Jacqueline Millar
(MacKnee& Mervyn, 2002).
“ However, most of us don’t just think of our home as merely a place of shelter. Usually, a home is not just a house, it represents family and friendship and social connections with other human beings.”(Reynolds, 2007)
The First Home:
The Second Home:
The Third Home:
(Reynolds. F. 2011)
Information was derived from Government publications:-
“Grief is the normal but confusing cluster of ordinary human emotions arising in response to a significant loss, intensified and complicated by the relationship to the person or object.”
(Michell & Anderson, 1993)
“When you don’t have a place to live, you eat a larger amount of food and still feel hungry because you just eat it for the sake of the survival and you never enjoy eating it. But if you have a place to call ‘home’ you feel happy with only a loaf of bread.” - Brian.
“I was not happy at the time. I felt lost because when you knock on the door to ask for help nobody answers it and then they send you place to place…” –Brian
( Tsemberis, 2010)
Freud wrote his first paper on pathological mourning in 1917. The paper entitled: “Mourning and Melancholia” introduced the idea that mourning is not simply the loss of a loved object (and by this he meant person) but the loss of one's country, one's ideals, or one's home.
In the context of homelessness Bowlby viewed grieving for the loss of a home as part of grief which he sees as having four phases:
This model proposed two categories:
With regard to homelessness, the loss is primarily the loss of the physical structure being the home.
The additional losses for a person experiencing homelessness can include the loss of “where we sleep, where we begin and end every day, where we store our belongings, where we socialise and interact with others” and a loss of the connection with the wider community.
“When we grieve, someone needs to hear our words and respond in a way that confirms the story we need to tell. It is the experience of mutuality that is created by our empathic response that transforms the loneliness of grief into communities of hope.”
Homelessness from a grief and loss perspective
Family have left me on my own
Have somewhere to live…
In this world
Anywhere in life…
I think I am going to be ok
Family and we are working
I have the chance to be